The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2010

José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, to introduce UMD book on Portugal-Asia Relation

Monday, September 27, 2010 at 11:30 a.m
Claire T. Carney Library Browsing Area, Parking Lot 13

Free and open to the public

Jos? Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor
José Ramos-Horta, President of
East Timor

September 21, 2010 – Dartmouth, MA. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announces the launching of Parts of Asia: Beyond Lusotopic Nostalgia, a 530-page collection of essays edited by Cristiana Bastos of the Institute of Social Sciences in Lisbon. This launching of double-issue 17/18 of the journal Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies will feature a keynote address by President José Ramos-Horta of East Timor and a presentation by Prof. Cristiana Bastos. The event—free and open to the public—is scheduled for Monday, September 27, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. in the Claire T. Carney Library Browsing Area, Parking Lot 13.

Parts of Asia: Beyond Lusotopic Nostalgia gathers a large number of innovative essays by contemporary scholars and writers addressing Luso-Asian and Luso-Pacific connections in history, politics, society, art and culture. These writings reflect on post-colonial identities and present challenges. The enclaves of Goa, Macao, Timor, among other locations in Asia with a historic connection to Portugal, appear in this volume not as vestiges of a bygone empire but as catalysts for developing new topics and angles of analysis that expand current debates on colonialism, post-colonialism, displacement, and interconnected global histories.

Parts of Asia is the 32nd book published by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture since 1998. It represents an extraordinary contribution to the field of Lusophone Studies and highlights the efforts of our Portuguese Studies program in establishing important connections between the academic world and political leadership, with the objective of promoting better relations and understanding between peoples.

Guest-Editor Cristiana Bastos, an anthropologist at the Institute of Social Sciences, Lisbon, received her doctorate from the City University of New York. Presently she is a visiting professor in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University, under the Michael Teague program funded by the Luso-American Foundation. She has conducted research on contemporary urban Brazil, on Portuguese colonial societies, and on several projects about health, science and society. She has participated in a number of activities at UMass Dartmouth over the years.

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